Network World Chooses Winners of First Annual Enterprise All-Star Awards; Fifty Companies Honored for Demonstrating How Smart Use of Network IT is Smart Business

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – NOVEMBER 23, 2005 – Network World, Inc. honors 50 outstanding network IT enterprise projects with this week's announcement of its inaugural Enterprise All-Star awards. The winners, selected from nearly 200 entries by a panel of 13 editorial judges, represent the best use of technology within nearly a dozen industries. From advanced applications to next generation wireless, Enterprise All-Star winners are applying innovative technologies to help their companies enter new markets, streamline business processes, increase competitive advantage and dramatically reduce costs.

In fact, cost-cutting was the No. 1 objective for close to 50% of the Enterprise All-Star winners. Cumulatively, winners reported savings expectations of $161.5M one year after implementation and expect to save $469.4M within three years.

The competition also uncovered the unexpected. "We were surprised to get entries from several organizations whose projects had small budgets with substantial impact," said Beth Schultz, editor, Network World's Signature Series. "Recognizing such companies is rewarding. One winner, for example, achieved significant results with a budget of only $30,000."

Some facts about the winners include:

— 14 projects with budgets over $1 million.

— Five projects with budgets under $100,000.

— Mean project duration of 14.7 months.

— A project with the shortest duration of one week.

— The three-year median ROI among the 26 companies reporting savings was 300%.

All 50 Network World Enterprise All-Star award winners along with a description of project goals and technologies are profiled in the November 21 Signature Series issue and can be viewed online by industry, technology category and project duration at www.networkworld.com/allstar/2005 .

2005 Network World Enterprise All-Star Award Recipients

Arizona State University : Austin Radiological Association

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Bigari Foods

BNSF Railway: Carnival Cruise Lines

Citigroup: Clark County School District

Coppin State University: Covenant Health

Defense Information Systems Agency: Emerson Process Management

Farm Credit Services of America: Fidelity Investments

Fifth Third Bancorp: Fortis Prime Fund Solutions

Freeze.com: GMAC Commercial Holding Corp.

Goodrich Aerostructures: H&R Block Financial Advisors

Intellidyn Corp. : JB Hunt Transport Services

Lake Forest Hospital Foundation: Lee County Sheriff's Office

Lehman Brothers: Lockheed Martin

Medco Health Solutions: MetroHealth System

Mine Safety and Health Administration: Mountain States Health Alliance

National Instruments: Nook Industries

Novartis: Parkview Health System

Principal Financial Group: Prudential Financial

Reliant Energy: School District of Philadelphia

South Carolina Dept. of Revenue: State Street

State Street Global Advisors : The Weather Channel

The Weather Underground Center: U.S. Coast Guard Operations System

UMB Bank: United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast

University of Arkansas of Medicine: University of Miami, Miller School

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill: West Edmonton Mall

About Network World's 2005 Enterprise All-Star Award

The Network World Enterprise All-Star Awards recognize exceptional use of network technology to further business objectives of organizations across a range of industry segments including education, financial services, and healthcare. For the inaugural 2005 award, 50 enterprise IT organizations representing the best, most innovative application of network technologies were selected. These award-winning network IT projects are profiled in Network World's special edition Signature Series Enterprise All-Star Issue published November 21, and on the Web site at www.networkworld.com/allstar/2005 .

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community ( www.networkworld.com ), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO CMO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com .

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